Since 2007, the Sequoia Healthcare District has taken a leadership role in the area of public safety by providing life-saving equipment to more than 340 locations. This equipment has included Automated External Defibrillators, Lucas Devices and Code Blue Towers.
The placement of this equipment is in response to sudden cardiac arrest which takes the lives of more than 360,000 Americans annually including more than 10,000 children.
The District has partnered with a wide-range of community partners including school districts, police and fire departments and community centers to host this life saving equipment.
In addition, the Sequoia Healthcare District has trained or arranged the training of thousands of residents and those working within the District in CPR. Training this life saving technique will be the major focus of the HeartSafe program over the next few years.
Defibrillation is the only effective treatment for sudden cardiac arrest.
Early defibrillation can mean the difference between life and death, an active and healthy life or a vegetative state. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a small, portable device that analyzes heart rhythms. It offers the rescuer voice-prompted instructions and, if determined to be necessary, can deliver a potentially lifesaving shock to a victim in cardiac arrest. An AED will not deliver a shock to anyone who is not in sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs are easy to use, compact, battery-operated and lightweight.
Sequoia Healthcare District’s HeartSafe Program is designed to increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) through education, training and the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout southern San Mateo County.
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The HeartSafe program has placed over 340 defibrillators throughout southern San Mateo County in such locations as police and sheriff vehicles, parks, schools, community centers and public buildings. Through our extraordinary collaborations with local fire departments and American Heart Association certified CPR instructors, we have trained thousands of community members in CPR and AED use. To date, a number of community member’s lives have been saved through the placement of these defibrillators.
Where to get CPR Trained
Find a wide variety of training courses taught by accredited American Heart Association American Red Cross Instructors: Click here.
We are excited to report that we have completed construction of a new classroom in our Redwood City office. Here we will offer community CPR and defibrillator courses. Check dates and register here.
Fast Facts About Cardiac Arrest
Learn about our program
• Cities covered by the HeartSafe Program: Belmont, Redwood City, San Carlos, Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, Foster City